Manchester — Nearly 9 out of 10 people 50 and older want to remain in their homes as long as possible, according to AARP. But most homes do not fit the changing needs of people as they age.
AARP says its HomeFit workshop can help people make where they live a lifelong home that’s comfortable, safe and a great fit. The next workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford St.
A HomeFit facilitator will lead people as they go through the process of thinking about each area of their home to see if it will meet their needs as they get older. A room-by-room HomeFit Guide also will highlight design elements and safety features to help make a home more livable for everyone.
Those who attend the workshop will learn solutions, from simple do-it-yourself repairs to larger design projects.
The workshop is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required at aarp.cvent.com/MillyardHomeFit.
For anyone who can’t attend, a HomeFit Guide can be downloaded at aarp.org/homefit.
Littleton center looking for Meals on Wheels drivers
LITTLETON — The Littleton Area Senior Center, 77 Riverglen Lane, is in need of drivers for the Meals on Wheels program.
For more information about volunteering for the program or to refer someone who needs home-delivered meals, call the center at 444-6050.
Seniors can play a variety of games at the center. Mahjong is played at 2 p.m. Mondays, cribbage at 1 p.m. Fridays and mahjong for beginners at 10 a.m. Fridays. Chess is played occasionally and bingo monthly. There also is a drop-in game day at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays.
The center’s book club will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.
An art class is offered at 10 a.m. Mondays, a craft class at 1 p.m. Thursdays and a knitters group at 1 p.m. Fridays.
The center’s writers group is on hold until spring.
An exercise group meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Other fitness classes include yoga, Zumba and Bone Builders. Transportation is available to the Evergreen Sports Center in Lisbon for its Senior Splash swimming sessions at 10:15 a.m. Mondays; for more information, call 838-6511
The cafeteria also is open for people who would like to walk laps, and an exercise center is open daily.
Audubon offers AARP price for Full Wolf Moon Walk
AUBURN — The Massabesic Audubon will celebrate the first full moon of the new year with a Full Wolf Moon Walk on Monday, Jan. 21, and it is offering special prices for AARP members.
The cost is $10 per person for AARP members and one guest; there also is a $20 rate for AARP members and their family.
The event is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Massabesic Audubon, 26 Auburn Way. Registration is required by calling 668-2045.
Jake King of Thrive Outdoors will lead the group on an invigorating walk through the fields and forests toward Battery point. Afterward, participants can enjoy a campfire with some hot cocoa.
If there’s enough snow, people are welcome to bring their snowshoes or cross-country skis. A limited number of snowshoes will be available for rent that evening, as long as they are reserved in advance. No fresh snow? The trails are walkable with winter footwear.
Plymouth senior center plans fashion show
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will have a fashion show during brunch on Friday, Jan. 25. Seniors interested in participating should see Robin or Gail at the center or Mary Ann in the gift shop. Or, just come and see what everyone is wearing.
A new activity, cribbage, is on the schedule for 9:30 a.m. Thursdays. For more information, see Robin, or Sandy in the gift shop.
The first meeting of sports card enthusiasts was held last month. Anyone interested in joining the chat about the hobby should call the organizer, Chuck, at 786-9353 and leave your name and phone number for more information.
A Crazy Quilting group meets from 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays in the Art Room. Knitters and crocheters are welcome. For more information, call Pati at 536-9567, Doris at 786-2297 or Sara at 968-7170.
After lunch at the center at noon Thursdays, a group carpools to Funspot for bowling. The cost is $11 for three strings of tenpin or candlepin.
A group also plays pool after lunch on Tuesdays.
The center’s book group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. To participate, sign up one month in advance to get and read a copy of the book.
The center also offers support groups. A caregiver’s support group meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month. A widows and widowers grief group meets from 12:30 to 2 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
Other ongoing activities include a wood carvers group, tai chi and dao yi on Mondays; the RSVP Bone Builders exercise program on Tuesdays and Thursdays; gentle yoga and chair yoga classes on Wednesdays; and country line dance lessons on Fridays.
To find out more about the center and its activities, call 536-1204.
Salvation Army sets date for Valentine luncheon
MANCHESTER — The Salvation Army is inviting seniors from Manchester and Bedford to its Valentine luncheon at the Salvation Army, 121 Cedar St.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.
The Sunshiners will provide entertainment.
For reservations, call 627-7013 by Thursday, Jan. 31.
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